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~$1000 HTPC/Gaming build, please check the parts before I order

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January 17, 2012 12:34:11 AM

I’m about to order most of this stuff this week while some of it is on sale. I wanted to get some valued opinions on it first.
Here are my questions with this build:
1) Are any of the components overkill? I would like to get the price down.
2) Do I need this much PSU? Is there a cheaper one I could buy that is still quiet?
3) Any cheaper HDD suggestions? I might drop to 1TB but no less.
4) What do you think of the motherboard and memory choice?
5) I haven’t picked out a video card yet, Any suggestions? Will probably wait and get one in the next 6 months.
Thank you all for your input, it’s greatly appreciated.
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Approximate Purchase Date: this week

Budget Range: ~$1200

System Usage from Most to Least Important: OTA television, Netflix, Blu-ray discs, internet video, gaming, surfing
Parts Not Required: monitor

Preferred Website(s) for Parts: newegg.com, ncix.com, tigerdirect.com
Country: U.S. of A.

Parts Preferences: I would like to use an Intel i5 processor with a microATX mobo
Overclocking: Maybe

SLI or Crossfire: Maybe, in the future

Monitor Resolution: not sure exactly, will be using my 52” Philips HD LCD tv

Additional Comments: I would like a relatively quiet pc, it will also be housed in an entertainment center that is fairly small (maybe 3” space on top, 2”on the sides and 4” in the back) with an opening in the back.
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Silverstone Grandia Series GD05B Micro-ATX case 89.99

Intel i5 2500K processor 229.99

Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 mobo 124.99

SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold (SS-650KM active PFC F3) PSU 139.99

G Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2X4GB) 240-pin DDR3 (PC# 17000) model F3-17000CL9D-8GBXM 79.99

Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5” 64GB SATA 3 SSD 109.99

Samsung Ecogreen F4 HD204UI 2TB SATA 3.0 HDD 179.99

LG Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model UH12LS28 OEM 59.99

Hauppage WinTV-HVR-2250 Dual Tuner w/remote 127.99

Logitech Dinovo Mini Bluetooth keyboard 121.99

Cirago BTA-6210 usb 2.0 Bluetooth 2.1 dongle 25.99

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 99.99


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January 17, 2012 3:12:46 AM

I would recommend a higher wattage PSU. Also, do you really need a blue tooth keyboard? It is extremely expensive and there are much cheaper, high quality alternatives to that one. You probably won't get a much better price on a 2TB hard drive right now... Hard drives all cost between two and four times what they used to cost supposedly because of a hard drive shortage caused by the flooding problems.

I highly recommend not using a Micro-ATX motherboard, especially if you want to overclock because that will limit performance when overclocking and mean you will probably have less features related to performance and expandability. Would also make SLI more or less impossible with that tuner card.

Your RAM could easily be replaced with G.Skill's 1866MHz kit for about $60 instead of $80 and it can be overclocked to 2133MHz (PC3-17000). In fact, many buyers of that kit overclock it to 2133MHz.

Your TV is probably 1080p, if not it's either 1080i or 720p. A single high end GPU video card would be enough for that.The only graphics intense thing you listed in the uses would be gaming, the rest of that stuff is all minor work. Crossfire or SLI would be pretty much useless unless you get a higher resolution monitor, not many TVs can go beyond 1080p.
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January 17, 2012 3:53:05 AM

Agree, stay away from micro-ATX. Nothing but trouble and cramped spacing.

Got a bluetooth keyboard & mouse combo from Best Buy for $30. While gaming especially online where very fast reactions matter you want a wired gaming mouse & keyboard. Wireless devices have a tiny amount of lag. But in online shooters (BF3) every millisecond counts.

Which GPU depends on how much you want to spend and how high graphics settings you want to drool over. Best bang for the buck GPU is the GTX 560Ti that you can find on sale for @ $200. But if you want to go all out and have the most badass graphics and smooth as butter framerate you can go with the GTX 590 $700 or AMD 7970 $550. Even at 1080p resolutions some graphically extreme games some GPUs will have a hard time with. (Metro 2033, Witcher2, Battlefield 3, Crysis)

Which PSU depends on which GPU u decide on.
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January 17, 2012 4:57:26 AM

Thanks for the replies.

I was wanting the micro atx because it will be in the living room and the case is smaller and better looking. Will fit in with my stereo. I guess I'll have to take another look.

I don't think I'll be over clocking or using sli. $200 is about what of spend on a GPU, so will probably go with something like the 560ti. What size power supply would you recommend with that. The calculator is saying only about 500 Watts.

The keyboard is a small mouse keyboard combo to use while watching TV. Mainly for the wife, she won't want to keep a big one on her lap. I've got a wired one for gaming.

Thanks again.
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January 17, 2012 5:05:47 AM

what games are you playing? for a predominately HTPC build, 2500K is overkill. and in a microATX box, not sure i'd want to overclock because of limited cooling. and for your listed build, your seasonic 650 is more than plenty
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January 17, 2012 5:33:50 AM

for the same money you can get the asrock z68 extreme3 gen3 which is 10 times better. I know it is not mATX.
If you do want the mATX board, i suggest you also drop to i5 2400 that won't need an aftermarket cooler and will perform just as greatly.
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January 17, 2012 5:37:07 AM

If u live close to a Microcenter they have the i5 2500k on sale for $179.

If ur not overclocking or sli and you want the slim look then the micro-ATX will work. The only thing is overclocking can increase the performance of ur PC a lot, so it's recommended to get the most out of ur system. If ur sure ur not going to overclock u don't need the "k" version of an intel CPU. K stands for unlocked version which is meant for overclocking and is more expensive.
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January 17, 2012 5:44:57 AM

In fact i propose the i5 2400, some nice h61 matx mobo that will save you some money there too.
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January 17, 2012 1:34:57 PM

I would prefer an H67 over an H61. H61 is a feature reduced version and among the features removed is third gen SATA and limiting your SSD to second gen will almost halve it's sequential performance. Not a big problem because an SSD is already extremely fast but you might want the extra speed offered by H67.

I also recommend the i5-2400 to i5 users whom won't be overclocking. Gaming performance shouldn't be different from an overclocked i5-2500K unless you want a very high end graphics setup which would be pretty much pointless at 1080p and lower resolutions.
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January 17, 2012 1:39:43 PM

you are right. he did mention sata3 ssd as well. silly of me. h67 it is.
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January 17, 2012 2:36:19 PM

well you can get some good ones with p67 or you can grab those cheaper z68 with nice stuff with it
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January 17, 2012 3:16:36 PM

My 2¢ below in bold.

randcat said:
Silverstone Grandia Series GD05B Micro-ATX case 89.99 Excellent choice.

Intel i5 2500K processor 229.99 I agree with others, OC = k series, no-OC then get a non-k.

Gigabyte GA-Z68MA-D2H-B3 mobo 124.99 As others have stated, OC = Z68, no-OC then just get an H67. I think you need to decide if you will OC this thing. Not a great idea in an HTPC setting.

SeaSonic X Series X650 Gold (SS-650KM active PFC F3) PSU 139.99 This is overkill, though you picked a top brand. A 450W to 500W Seasonic, Corsair, Enermax, or PCP&C is more ideal for what you've listed.

G Skill Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2X4GB) 240-pin DDR3 (PC# 17000) model F3-17000CL9D-8GBXM 79.99 Overkill, but it's so cheap these days... why not?

Crucial M4 CT064M4SSD2 2.5” 64GB SATA 3 SSD 109.99 Good choice, however update it immediately with the 0309 firmware to avoid the 5200 hr bug.

Samsung Ecogreen F4 HD204UI 2TB SATA 3.0 HDD 179.99 I've got a couple of these... excellent drives.

LG Black Blu-ray Drive SATA Model UH12LS28 OEM 59.99 Might want to consider a retail drive. It will cost more, but it will come with the necessary blu-ray playback software so it may actually be cheaper in the long run

Hauppage WinTV-HVR-2250 Dual Tuner w/remote 127.99 Top tuner for OTA reception... good.

Logitech Dinovo Mini Bluetooth keyboard 121.99 I have this. It's OK for basic windows navigation, don't expect to game on it. It is small and has high WAF.

Cirago BTA-6210 usb 2.0 Bluetooth 2.1 dongle 25.99 The Dinovo mini comes with it's own BT dongle. Do you really need this?

Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 99.99 No comment here.
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January 17, 2012 5:47:07 PM

Thanks guys.
No, I've decided not to over clock, so I won't need the k series. Right now at ncix.com its $200. That's cheaper than I can get the 2400 for. I thought id get it just for the clock speed and the 3000 graphics. Still go for the 2400?

I'm looking at the H67 boards, anyone have any suggestions? I only need PCIe x1, and PCIe x16. Maybe another slot just in case.

I'm looking for a new psu. I would like a quiet one. I guess 400-50b Watts would be ok? Even with an added graphics card, such as a560ti? Antec earth Watts 430 maybe? Silentpcreview had a bunch of fanless ones. Would those be ok?

Will get a better blu-ray. What do you mean by "retail drive"?

I thought I needed the dongle for the keyboard, didn't realize that it already came with one. Thanks. I don't plan on gaming with it. I'm just going to use it to get around windows and maybe media center.

Thanks everyone. I'm excited to finally get this stuff ordered.
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January 17, 2012 6:14:06 PM

A "retail" drive comes in the actual box (like you'd see in a brick & mortar store) and has the included software, cables, and possibly a different face plate. An OEM drive is (usually) just the drive itself. I would note that when I purchased my OEM blu-ray drive, Newegg was kind enough to toss in a couple PowerDVD 9 CDs, but I wouldn't bet on that happening all the time.

-Wolf sends

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Btw, I'd also look into getting an MCE Remote Control like this one.
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January 17, 2012 9:14:21 PM

Here is a 560ti on sale for $185 after rebates. Plus it comes with Batman Arkham City, amazing game! http://slickdeals.net/f/3836562-ZOTAC-GeForce-GTX-560-T...

Oh and it already comes factory overclock so you don't have to worry about any problems overclocking it with ur m-atx motherboard.
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January 17, 2012 9:23:01 PM

One note about which ever motherboard you get. Make sure you take note of the locations of each PCI-E slot. If the PCI-Ex1 slot directly below the PCI-Ex16 slot, you'll have to limit yourself to single slot graphic cards. Look for motherboards with the PCI-Ex1 slot either above the PCI-Ex16 slot or at least two slots below it.

-Wolf sends
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January 19, 2012 2:06:15 AM

Thank y'all for all of your advice. I think I now have a good sense of what I should get.
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January 19, 2012 2:07:04 AM

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